February 06, 2008 Edition

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Weddings/Engagements

Ingram ~ Gall Martin ~ Edington McKenzie ~ McCarroll

Obituaries

Myrtle Bass Kati Mae Bishop Coy "Red" Coles
Linda Joyce Ditto Woodrow Dodson Jessie May Downum
Alice Ruth Findlay Norma Lee Fortune Janet Howard Guthrie
Paul Hendrix Geneva Ruth Henry Bill E. Holder
Billy Joe Keeling Marvin Joe Keeling Esther Lee Mifflin
Jewell Reynolds Paul Ring James Howard Sartain
Carolyn Sharp Simpson infant Mildred Vance
Peggy Diane Vinson Becky Jane Wood

Weddings/Engagements

Ingram ~ Gall

Bob and Nancy Ingram and Delbert and Mary Gall have announced the upcoming wedding of Eugenia Adon Ingram to Robert Gene Gall on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

All friends and family are invited to attend.

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Martin ~ Edington

Megan Martin and John Edington will exchange wedding vows Saturday, March 15, at 4 p.m. in the sanctuary of First Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge.

The bride-elect is the daughter of Janice Martin of Walnut Ridge and the late Rev. Leo Martin. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Edington III of Corning.

All friends and relatives are invited to the wedding and reception, which will follow in the church's fellowship hall.

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McKenzie ~ McCarroll

Ron and Bobbie McKenzie of North Little Rock announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Chellle McKenzie, to Greg McCarroll, son of Colonel Billy and Julie McCarroll of Cabot.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Loretta Cupples of North Little Rock and the late Ira Cupples and the late Ann and L.E. McKenzie. She is a student at University of Arkansas Fayetteville, where she is pursuing a master's degree in higher education administration and expects to graduate in May. She also holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Arkansas.

The prospective groom is the grandson of Ina Ruth and Richard Spades of Cabot and formerly of Black Rock and the late Syble and Jack McCarroll, who lived in Black Rock. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor's degree in finance. He works in commercial lending for Regions Bank in Little Rock.

The couple will exchange vows on June 7 at Saint Edward Catholic Church in Little Rock.

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Obituaries

Myrtle Bass

Myrtle Bass, 89, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 4, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born July 8, 1918, in Norman, Okla., she was the daughter of T. Oscar and Susie Chambers Prock. She was a nurses' aide at a nursing home in Jonesboro and was of the Assembly of God faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Bass, on Sept. 2, 1983, whom she married June 28, 1937; a son, Jerome Bass; and a daughter, Charlotte Lamb.

Survivors include two sons, Lavelle Bass and Winford Bass, both of Fontaine; a daughter, Barbara South, Sedgwick; 24 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be Thursday at 10 a.m. at Old Military Cemetery, near Sedgwick, with Bro. Marion Stringer officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

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Kati Mae Bishop

Kati Mae Bishop, 27, of Brookland, died Feb. 3, 2008, at NEA Baptist Memorial Hospital in Jonesboro.

Born Sept. 12, 1980, in Jonesboro, she was a former student at Williams Baptist College. She was a member of Central Baptist Church, where she was active in the university ministry.

Survivors include her parents, John and Helen Bishop, Brookland; her grandmother, Vivian Thacker, Brookland; and a grandfather, Wayne Bishop, Brookland.

A celebration of her life will be held today at 10 a.m. in Gregg Chapel with Rev. Dan Reeves officiating. Burial will be in Pine Log Cemetery under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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Coy "Red" Coles

Coy "Red" Coles, 75, of Cave City, died Jan. 29, 2008, at White River Medical Center in Batesville.

Born May 6, 1932, in Sandtown, he was the son of William Thomas and Annie Gaines Coles. He was a truck driver for North Arkansas Farm Supply for 23 years.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Preston Coles, Conway Coles, Albro Coles, Alton Coles, Albert Coles, Alvin Coles and Troy Coles.

Survivors include his wife, Lola Carter Coles, whom he married March 21, 1953; five sons, Coy Coles Jr., Olathe, Kan., Jackie Coles, Lee's Summit, Mo., Randall Coles, Strawberry, Ricky Coles, Newport, and Roger Coles, Batesville; three brothers, Doyle Coles and Elisha Coles, both of Batesville, and Lavaughn Coles, Desha; two sisters Mary Ann Matthews, Cave City, and Winnie Grace Johnson, Batesville; 14 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

Funeral was Friday at 2 p.m. at Pool's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church with J.W. Roach and Jim Richardson officiating. Burial was in Lee's Chapel Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Crouch-McGee Funeral Home of Cave City.

Pallbearers were Terrence Carter, Tim Carter, Brian Carter, Kevin Coles, Todd Coles and Brian Coles. Former employees of North Arkansas Farm Supply served as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Arkansas, 10411 W. Markham, Suite 130, Little Rock, AR 72205-1409

An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Linda Joyce Ditto

Linda Joyce Ditto, 65, of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 2, 2008, at her home.

She had lived in Lawrence County for the past 51 years. She was retired from Frolic Footwear and was of the Pentecostal faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walker and Maxine Decker Casey.

Survivors include her husband, Elvis Ditto; three daughters, Becky Willfond, Serita Perry and Cindy Allen, all of Walnut Ridge; a son, Billy Ditto, Mountain View; a sister, Lavada Billings, Bismark; five grandchildren, Christy Davis, Desha Mills, Ray Dustin Perry, Marisa Rector and Eston Allen; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Everett Hart and Allen Stinnett officiating. Burial will be in Lawrence Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Chris Ditto, David Ditto, Jimmy Billings, Steven Billings, Glen Smith and Nicky Ditto.

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Woodrow "Woody" Dodson

Woodrow "Woody" Dodson, 93, of Blytheville, uncle of Carolyn Williams of Alicia and Novene Rogers of Hoxie, died Feb. 4, 2008, at Great River Medical Center in Blytheville. Graveside service is Friday at 1 p.m. at Elmwood Cemetery in Blytheville under the direction of Cobb Funeral Home of Blytheville.

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Jessie May Downum

Jessie May Downum, 82, of Festus, Mo., formerly of Walnut Ridge, died Feb. 3, 2008, at Festus Manor.

The daughter of John and Janie Pope Downum, she had lived in Michigan before moving to Festus 20 years ago.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Everett Downum, Ed Downum and Paul Downum; and four sisters, Wanda, Adell, Eva and Lavillen.

Survivors include a brother, A.L. Downum, Walnut Ridge.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Leachville Cemetery at Leachville.

Visitation is Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

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Alice Ruth Findlay

Alice Ruth Findlay, 61, of Baytown, Texas, formerly of Walnut Ridge and Jonesboro, died Feb. 2, 2008, following a lengthy illness.

Born Jan. 18, 1947, at Waldo, she was a 1965 graduate of Jonesboro High School and graduated from Central Baptist College in Conway in 1967. She had worked at Wal-Mart for the past five years.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond P. Poteete; a brother, Raymond Lloyd Poteete; and a sister, Karen Cravens Barker.

Survivors include her husband, David Lynn Findlay, whom she married Sept. 13, 1990; a son, Chad Elliott Harvey and wife Donna, Baytown; a daughter, Melinda Anne Brown and husband Johnnie, Baytown; her mother, Alice Poteete, Walnut Ridge; and three grandchildren, Mollie Parrott, Marcus Marroquin and Amanda Marroquin.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday at Carter Funeral Chapel with Rev. Cecil Hudson officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to a charity of the donor's choice.

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Norma Lee Fortune

Norma Lee Fortune, 74, of Kensett, mother of Bobby Fortune of Portia, died Feb. 2, 2008. Burial was Monday in Eightmile Cemetery under the direction of Jackson's Newport Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.jacksonsfh.com.

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Janet Howard Guthrie

Janet Howard Guthrie, 92, of Ashland, Mo., formerly of the Smithville area, died Feb. 3, 2008.

Born Jan. 23, 1916, at Grange, she was the daughter of Holly Jackson and Aurora Magnolia Cristenberry Howard. She was a homemaker and was a member of Seventh Street Baptist Church in Memphis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Guthrie, on Oct. 7, 1974, whom she married in 1936 in Powhatan.

Survivors include two daughters, Peggy Warke and husband, William, Jonesboro, and Mary Jo Daugherty and husband Patrick, Hartsburg, Mo.; three brothers, Harry Howard, Cave City, Sanford Howard, North Carolina, and Joseph Howard, Austin, Texas; two sisters, Marie Wallace, Little Rock, and Emily Sue Mauldin; and two granddaughters, Shannon and Susan.

Funeral is Thursday at 11 a.m. in Higginbotham Chapel. Burial will be in Lancaster Cemetery, near Strawberry, under the direction of Higginbotham Funeral Service.

Visitation will be Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of the service.

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Paul Hendrix

Paul G. "Bobo" Hendrix, 73, of Hoxie, died Feb. 2, 2008, at his home.

He was a 1953 graduate of Hoxie High School and was a member of Hoxie Lodge #692 and United Free Will Baptist Church.

He served in the U.S. Air Force for 21 years, beginning in March 1954. Upon his retirement in Sept. 1975, he returned to Hoxie and was employed as an investigator for the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office. In 1977, he was appointed Chief of Police of Hoxie, where he remained for 14 years.

In 1992, while serving as the 911 coordinator, he oversaw the instatement of 911 addresses throughout the county. He served as the 911 coordinator until his retirement in 1999. He was elected mayor of Hoxie in 2000, a position he held until 2006.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles F. Sr. and Ella Mae Ingram Hendrix; a brother Charles F. Hendrix Jr.; and a sister, Margaret Wood.

Survivors include his wife, Angela Hendrix; three sons, Charles Hendrix and wife Linda, and Glenn Hendrix, all of Hoxie, and Wayne Hendrix and wife Diana, Mt. Sterling, Ky.; two daughters, Paula Tibbs and husband Terry, Jonesboro, and Tracy Rose and husband Steve, Greenbrier; four sisters, Jessie Lee Hartwell and Rosetta Thompson, both of Memphis, Alice Greenwell, Southaven, Miss., and Joyce Franks and husband Carroll, Moscow, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 2 p.m. at United Free Will Baptist Church in Walnut Ridge with Bro. Charles Hendrix officiating. Burial, with military honors, will be in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Terrell Downing, Lonnie Smith, Jack Allison, Charles Rickey, Kenny Jones and Junior Waldrupe. Honorary pallbearers will be Alex Latham, Larry Cook, Larry Hayes, Steve Jackson, Dick Jarboe, Teddy Parker, Ed "Coot" Smith, Bobby Gibson, Terry Foley and Charlie Cook.

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Geneva Ruth Henry

Geneva Ruth Henry, 85, of West Memphis, died Feb. 2, 2008, at her home.

Born June 1, 1922, she was a homemaker and was a member of the Missouri Street Church of Christ in West Memphis.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Erwin M. Henry.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly Darnell, Bartlett, Tenn., and Donna Fleharty, Benton; a brother, Roy Simmons, Seabrook, Texas; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Monday at 11 a.m. at Roller-Citizens Funeral Home in West Memphis. Burial was in Crittenden Memorial Park in Marion.

Memorials may be made to the Missouri Street Church of Christ or to the Children's Home in Paragould.

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Bill E. Holder

Bill E. Holder, 75, of Janesville, Wis., died Jan. 30, 2008, at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Fla., following a lengthy illness.

Born Feb. 24, 1932, in Hoxie, he attended Hoxie School and moved to Rockford, Ill., in 1950. He retired from General Motors in 1993. He was a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association Motorcycle Club, the Rocky Rollers Good Sam Camping Club and AARP.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Vicki Lynn; his parents, William C. and Elizabeth Ingram Holder; and two sons-in-law, James Hendon and Jesse Slojkowski.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Swartwood Werle Holder, whom he married on May 11, 1972; four daughters, Joann Kegel and husband Joe, Rockford, Peggy Nicholas and Wanda Hendon-Slojkowski, both of Loves Park, Ill., and Kim Anderson and husband Chris, Poway, Calif.; two stepdaughters, Donita Werle and husband Mike, Dixon, Ill., and Rose Thomas and husband Mike, Pearland, Texas; two stepsons, Mike Werle and wife Mia, Dixon, Ill., and Dennis Werle and wife Angela, Janesville, Wis.; a sister, Marvelle Lilly and husband Bill, Loves Park; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park with Mike Thomas officiating. Bryan Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from 3 to 7 p.m. at Schneider, Apfel, Schneider & Schneider Funeral Home in Janesville, Wis.

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Billy Joe Keeling

Billy Joe Keeling, 53, of Paragould, died Jan. 26, 2008, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

He was born March 5, 1954, in Marked Tree. His father, Marvin Joe Keeling, died Jan. 28, 2008.

Survivors include his mother, Betty Sodders, Archer, Fla.; his stepmother, Nell Keeling, Delaplaine; five brothers, Timmy Simpson, Pennsylvania, James Poole and Donald Keeling, both of Delaplaine, David Keeling, Beech Grove, and Phillip Keeling, Paragould; and four sisters, Pam Wimberly and Patricia Fulkerson, both of Paragould, Paulette Rapert, Peach Orchard, and Peggy Grant, Delaplaine.

A celebration of his life was held Jan. 30 at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Rev. Rick Ethridge officiating. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Dale Rice, Alton Keeling, Bobby Keeling, Mike Conway, Frank Ridgely and Doug Ferris.

An online guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.com.

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Marvin Joe Keeling

Marvin Joe Keeling, 77, of Delaplaine, died Jan. 28, 2008, at Arkansas Methodist Medical Center in Paragould.

Born Aug. 25, 1930, in Prue, Okla., he was the son of Artie and Jane Bell Strunk Keeling. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a farmer. He was a member of Greater Vision Church in Paragould.

He was preceded in death by a son, Billy Joe Keeling; two sisters, Wanda Ethridge and Maxine Atkinsin; and a grandson, James Joseph Keeling.

Survivors include his wife, Nell Keeling; four sons, James Poole and Donald Keeling, both of Delaplaine, David Keeling, Beech Grove, and Phillip Keeling, Paragould; four daughters, Pam Wimberly and Patricia Fulkerson, both of Paragould, Paulette Rapert, Peach Orchard, and Peggy Grant, Delaplaine; a sister, Joyce Cook, Jonesboro; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral was Saturday at 10 a.m. at Heath Colonial Chapel in Paragould with Revs. Rick Ethridge and Joey Ethridge officiating. Burial was in Mount Zion Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Dale Rice, Rodger Anderson, Alton Keeling, Fred Carter, Keith Mosby and J. L. Grooms. Honorary pallbearers were Bobby Haney, Rupert White, Raymond Niboonkit, Chris Keeling, Trevor Poole, Tracer Keeling, Hunter Keeling, Blake Keeling, Austin Grant and Zachary Rainwater.

An online guestbook is available at www.heathfuneralhome.com.

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Esther Lee Mifflin

Esther Lee Mifflin, 97, of Manila, died Feb. 3, 2008, at the Manila Nursing Center.

Born in Walnut Ridge, she was the daughter of Newt and Ida Florence Curtwright Moore. She had lived in Manila most of her life and was a member of the Community Methodist Church near Manila.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Mifflin.

Survivors include a son, Wayne Mifflin, Manila; a daughter, Geraldine Doty, Millington, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Mike Doty and Elizabeth Argo; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral is today at 11 a.m. in the Howard Funeral Chapel with Rev. Troy Thomas officiating. Burial will be in Manila Cemetery under the direction of Howard Funeral Service of Manila.

Visitation is today from 10 a.m. until time of the service.

An online guestbook is available at www.howardfuneralservice.com.

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Jewell Reynolds

Jewell Reynolds, 93, of Portia, died Feb. 3, 2008, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 28, 1915, in the Lauratown community, he was the son of James Berry and Sally Belle Goza Reynolds. He was a former resident of the Coffman community and moved to Portia in 1963. He was a farmer for over 50 years and was a member of the Coffman Free Will Baptist Church, where he was a longtime superintendent of the Sunday school classes.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Adeline Erwin Reynolds, on Sept. 14, 2006, whom he married Dec. 27, 1947; two sisters, Piety Reynolds and Pauline Oldham; and two brothers, Charlie Reynolds and Ferd Reynolds.

Survivors include a daughter, Janice Reynolds, Portia.

Funeral was Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in Bryan Chapel with Sister Betty Williams officiating. Burial was in Lawrence Memorial Park under the direction of Bryan Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were, J.D. Beary, Gale Linebaugh, Dale Swartzlander, Doyle Murphy, Doug Oldham, Dale Freeman, Everett Pinkston and Dent White.

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Paul Ring

Paul Eugene Ring, 83, of Pocahontas, died Feb. 2, 2008, in Pocahontas.

He was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Ring.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Louise Ring; two sons, Kenneth Ring, Emerald Isle, N.C., and Ronnie Ring, Buffalo Junction, Va.; a daughter, Donna Hills, Zebulon, N.C.; four grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Graveside service is Friday at 2 p.m. at Lawrence Memorial Park. House-Gregg Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth Ring Sr., Ronnie Ring, Kenneth Ring Jr., Scott Ring, John Ring and Wade Roberts.

Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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James Howard Sartain

James Howard Sartain, 70, of Jonesboro, brother of Bob Sartain of Alicia, died Jan. 30, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro. Burial was Saturday in Rock Hill Cemetery under the direction of Roller-Farmers Union Funeral Home. An online guestbook is available at www.rollerfuneralhomes.com.

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Carolyn Sharp

Carolyn Sharp, 86, of Silvis, Ill., formerly of Lawrence County, died Feb. 5, 2008, following a lengthy illness.

Born June 19, 1921, she was the daughter of Gus and Millie Dawson. She spent her early life in Saffell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sloan Sharp; a brother, Burrell Dawson; and three sisters, Verneal Dawson Hoggard, Oneda Dawson Stone and Willene Dawson Sharp.

Survivors include a son, Tom Sharp and wife Linda, East Moline, Ill.; two grandsons, James and Matthew; and two great-grandchildren.

No services are being planned at this time.

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Simpson infant

Jenna Nicole Simpson, infant daughter of Brady and Cora Simpson of Horn Lake, Miss., died Jan. 30, 2008, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto in Southaven, Miss.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a sister, Naomi Simpson, of the home; her grandparents, James Perry and Samantha Simpson, both of Horn Lake, Gary and Rose Penn, Lynn, Catherine Jones, Pocahontas, and Harold and Wanda Jones, Corning; and her great-grandparents, Spec and Pauline Justus, Lawrence County, and Shelia Wattigney, Manila.

A memorial service will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Pocahontas. Twin Oaks Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

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Mildred Vance

Dr. Mildred Burl "Tony" Vance, 87, of Sedgwick, died Feb. 1, 2008, at St. Bernards in Jonesboro.

Born June 17, 1920, between Sedgwick and Egypt, she was the daughter of Boston Bard and Elsie Ida Elizabeth Crader Vance . She graduated from Walnut Ridge High School at age 15, and was a lifelong member of Sedgwick United Methodist Church.

She received a bachelor's degree from Arkansas State College in 1946 while teaching grade school in the Sedgwick School District. She later taught in the Walnut Ridge School District and in the Wayne County public school system in Wayne County, Mich., where she gained first-hand experience as a kindergarten teacher.

She earned a master's degree at George Peabody College for Teachers at Vanderbilt University under the instruction of her mentor, Dr. James. L. Hymes Jr. She was a charter member of the Southern Early Childhood Association at Nashville in 1948.

She earned a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin and was promoted to professor of education at Arkansas State College in 1959, having taught at ASC beginning in 1948.

During World War II, she had worked in J. Edgar Hoover's FBI in Washington, D.C., where she did fingerprint identifications for soldiers killed in the war. She also worked for the American Red Cross in Illinois around this time.

She would become thought of among Arkansas State University's education faculty as the founder of kindergarten in Arkansas. Dr. Beverly Gilbert has cited her for "leading the educational and political struggle for statewide quality early childhood programs in the form of public school kindergartens for all children in the state."

She was credited for initiating and carrying out the creation of four model kindergarten classes at Jonesboro in 1948. The Demonstration School was a success, and Vance's notion set a standard across the state for publicly-funded early education.

She was one of the first Head Start training officers in the nation, and served as coordinator in Arkansas for implementing the program that began in 1965 as a cog in President Lyndon Johnson's "War on Poverty."

Throughout her career at ASU, Vance accounted for more than $7.5 million in grant money issued on behalf of early childhood education and teacher education. In 1977, she wrote an approved federal grant that created the Arkansas State University Daycare Center.

She designed and developed three early childhood degree programs for the college of education, two of which were master's degrees. She also sponsored and led dozens of tours of Europe for ASU students and community members.

Jonesboro Mayor Hubert Brodell proclaimed May 8, 1989 as "Mildred Vance Day" in Jonesboro, to honor her "making such a difference in the lives of citizens in Jonesboro and the mid-South."

In 1993, the Eta Delta chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society for undergraduate and graduate students in education, presented her with the Eugene W. Smith Point of Excellence Award.

In 1996, she was named Southern Early Childhood Association Outstanding Member of the Year, and led a group of ASU senior faculty in preparing a time capsule document upon the request of ASU President Les Wyatt. The capsule is to be remembered by future generations for strides taken in developing the university at Jonesboro as an accessible means of scholarship and education.

She was the first recipient of the ASU Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching and was a member of World Organization for Preschool Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children, Southern Early Childhood Education Association, Arkansas Early Childhood Association and fraternal organizations Phi Mu, Kappa Delta Pi, Kappa Delta Gamma, Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Delta Kappa.

Her public relations file at ASU quotes her as saying in 2001, "In teaching kindergarten, I learned how to respond to a person in a positive way and how to help them become the kind of person they wanted to be," and, "Teaching is the greatest profession. Without teachers, there would be no other professions. Teaching encompasses the imagination and commits one to the pursuit of excellence in yourself and your students."

She authored a book, "Reflections: Fifty Years of Teacher Education at Arkansas State University," which concerned the development of a teacher education department that to date has produced more teacher education graduates than any school in the state.

In 2001 she was recognized as a Distinguished Alumna of ASU. At the time of her retirement on Dec. 19, 2002, Vance's 54-year tenure at ASU stood as the longest career of any professor in the institution's history.

She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's not long after retiring, and spent her final years in Sedgwick on the farm built by her sister, Maxine Scott, and brother-in-law, Russell Scott.

Much of Vance's non-professional time was spent as an active member and Sunday school teacher at Sedgwick United Methodist Church. Wherever she traveled or happened to live, Vance and the people of Sedgwick were never separated in spirit. She loved music, art and the imagination, and never ceased to feel them, or to inspire those feelings in all who knew her.

Whether known as Dr. Vance, Tony, Millie, Sis, or Mammie, Mildred B. Vance lived a life of inspiration, distinction, and kindness.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Howard Vance, Glenwood "Peck" Vance and Merle "Toby" Vance; sister, Mary Maxine "Skeeter" Vance Scott; brother-in-law, Russell Scott; sister-in-law, Elsie Irene "Snookie" Vance; nephew, Danny Scott; great-niece, Fran Bailey; and extended family members, Nettie Whitener Alley and her children, Charles Whitener, Jim Whitener and Virginia "Tootsie" Whitener.

Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Wanda Vance, Jonesboro, and Charlotte Vance, Sedgwick; three nieces, Ann (Don) Bailey of Jonesboro, Robin (Michael) Doyle of Sedgwick and Jean (Rohn) Craft of Jonesboro; four nephews, Gene (Peggy) Vance and David (Alice) Vance, all of Jonesboro, and San Vance and Don (Sherry) Vance, all of Sedgwick; many great-nieces and nephews; other extended family and friends; thousands of former students whose lives she touched; four longtime and loving caregivers, Helen Head, Ruby Killian, Tammy Gifford and Gloria Heard; and many other colleagues and co-workers.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Gregg Funeral Home Chapel at Jonesboro with Revs. Mark Massey, Jerry Reed and Larry Ross officiating. Eulogies were given by Dr. Herman Strickland, Dr. Beverly Gilbert and Diana Fraley Owens. Burial was in Jonesboro Memorial Park under the direction of Gregg Funeral Home of Jonesboro.

Pallbearers were Tim Nichols, Frank Owens, Nick Gerner, Darrell Smith, Jeffrey Moskop, Raymon Covey and Ben Bush Jr. Honorary pallbearers were the members of Sedgwick United Methodist Church, all former kindergarten students, all ASU education faculty past and present, all childhood services staff, Mrs. Charlie Mae Granberry and Mrs. Virginia Shepherd.

Memorials may be made to Sedgwick United Methodist Church; ASU Childhood Services, Child Development and Research Center; the Dr. Mildred Vance Scholarship, Department of Teacher Education at ASU; or the National Alzheimer's Association.

An online guestbook is available at www.greggfunerals.com.

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Peggy Diane Vinson

Peggy Diane Attebury Vinson, 72, of Powhatan, died Feb. 2, 2008.

Born July 22, 1935, in Maunie, Ill., she lived in Rock Falls, Ill., for 25 years, where they raised their three children. She and her husband retired to Powhatan in 1976.

She loved to read her Bible and was an avid member of the Black Rock Church of Christ. She enjoyed entertaining others with fish fries, homemade cooking and playing bingo. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Mildred Rose Attebury; and a sister, Beverly Rose Gorman.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest Leon Vinson, whom she married on May 19, 1951, in Hopewell; two daughters, Paula Van Der Vliet and husband Glenn, Sheldon, Iowa, and Pamela Brown and husband Mike, Galt, Ill.; a son, Ernest Leon Vinson Jr. and wife Ro, Richland, Wash.; two sisters, Sue Battles and husband Lavern, Rock Falls, and Dalene Whisler and husband Julian, Oklahoma City; a brother, Rudy Attebury and wife Sandy, Rock Falls; grandchildren, Lori and Kirk Lovstad, Monroe, Iowa, Kathy and Steve Swain, Marshall, Minn., Adam and Jenny Van Der Vliet, Omaha, Neb., Jarod and Kate Brown, Madison, Wis., Jaramie Brown, Sterling, Ill., Ross and Hyun Ju Vinson, Killeen, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Bailey and Brooke Lovstad, and Elijah, Gabriel and Ruby Swain; a brother-in-law, Darrell Gorman, Titusville, Fla.; and a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, family and friends.

Funeral was Tuesday at 11 a.m. at House-Gregg Funeral Home with Steve Prestidge officiating. Burial was in Powhatan Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent to Ernest Vinson, 65 Lawrence 243, Powhatan, AR 72458.

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Becky Jane Wood

Becky Jane Wood, 64, of Black Rock, died Jan. 27, 2008.

She was born Jan. 18, 1944, at Hoxie.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Perry Wood; and parents, James and Bessie Mae Moore Frey.

Survivors include two brothers, James Frey, Warm Springs, and Arlie Frey, East Jordan, Mich.; two sisters, Ethel Caldwell and Minnie Caldwell, both of Warm Springs; and four grandchildren; Dustin Haynes, Cassie Haynes, Camie Haynes and Dylan Wood.

Graveside service was Jan. 30, at 10 a.m. at Warm Springs Cemetery with James Frey officiating. McNabb Funeral Home of Pocahontas had charge of arrangements.

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